President William Ruto while speaking during his state visit to Djibouti announced that the two countries have agreed to remove visa requirements for travel between the two nations.
The head of state noted that the plan will strengthen bilateral ties between Kenya and Djibouti.
“To promote people-to-people interactions, trade, and investment, I am firmly committed to eliminating the barriers imposed by visa requirements for Djiboutian citizens traveling to Kenya,” President Ruto stated.
“Therefore, Kenya has concluded necessary procedures to enable visa-free visits for citizens of Djibouti to Kenya.” He added.
Moreover, President Ruto said the two countries will have labour agreements to improve coordination on labor migration so as to ensure Kenya and Djibouti benefit from a mutual standpoint of gaining a skilled workforce.
“In this regard, I express my gratitude to my esteemed counterpart for hosting over 600 Kenyan professionals in Djibouti. To facilitate this process, we have established a Joint Technical Committee dedicated to these efforts,” he noted.
Likewise, President Ruto said Kenya will offer support through training to improve the adoption of the English language in Djibouti, adding that the country will provide more personnel to Djibouti.
“Additionally, we engaged in discussions regarding support for English language training and its integration into Djibouti’s curricula. Kenya is fully prepared to provide support and necessary teachers to assist in this endeavor,” he said.
Similarly, Djibouti will provide personnel to Kenyan training institutions to train students on French language.
“Conversely, to enhance the language proficiency of Kenyan graduates who seek employment abroad, Kenyan Technical and Vocational Education Training institutions, as well as medical training colleges, will benefit from the inclusion of French language trainees from Djibouti.” He added.
Furthermore, Kenya signed four Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) among them to enable development in the energy sector so as to facilitate sharing of technical skills, techniques, experiences and information.
In addition, another MOU entails Technical Cooperation in the Development of Youth Affairs and the Arts, which establishes a collaboration framework in the development of modern state-of-the-art facilities in the fields of sports and arts.
Others include an MOU on mutual cooperation in the Foreign Service Academy and on collaboration in tourism to strengthen partnerships between Kenya and Djibouti.